MERIDEN, Conn. -
UConn Special Adviser for Athletics Dee Rowe will receive the Saint Francis Award and Husky men’s ice hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh will be honored with the Jim Calhoun Community Service Award at this year’s Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction.
The event benefits the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Aqua Turf Club, in Plantsville, Conn., starting at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to Rowe and Cavanaugh, PGA Vice President Suzy Whaley will receive the Saint Clare Award and Rich Coppola of Fox 61 will be honored with the Dean of Sports Award.
Rowe has been part of the UConn community since March of 1969, when he was named head men’s basketball coach and directed the Husky program for eight years, including a trip to the 1976 NCAA Sweet 16 and two NIT berths.
In 1978, after stepping down as coach, Rowe launched the fund-raising arm for UConn Athletics and for the next 13 years became a national leader in that area. For the past 25 years, since his official UConn “retirement” at the end of calendar year 1991, Rowe has remained actively involved at the school in his emeritus role as Special Adviser for Athletics.
Cavanaugh just completed his fourth season in charge of the UConn men’s hockey team and has led that program through its successful transition to the Hockey East conference.
Off the ice, Cavanaugh forged a partnership with the Hartford Police Activities League (PAL) as a way to encourage community service within the men’s ice hockey team. PAL offers inner city youth recreational and educational activities. The men’s ice hockey team regularly participates in pick up street hockey and ice hockey games with youth who attend the after school program in Hartford.
Prior to arriving in Storrs, Cavanaugh spent 18 seasons on the Boston College coaching staff and helped guide the Eagles to four national titles. Cavanaugh was highly involved in the greater Boston community. He spearheaded an academic mentoring program with St. Columbkille Partnership School, a local elementary school where 19 different languages are spoken and many students are receiving financial support. Cavanaugh also founded the BC Race to Educate, a 5k road race and 1k kid’s fun run held in the spring. The race raised over $130,000 in just two years for St. Columbkille’s that has been put toward financial aid, a music program and staffing at the school.
For more information on the dinner or to purchase tickets, call 203-237-8084 or visit flcenter.org or franciscanhc.org.